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    County of Ventura: Covid 19 Update April 16, 2021

    Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin flashes a smile after receiving her second dose today at the Rose Avenue Clinic in Oxnard! Leading by example for communities in California’s 44th Assembly District including the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village.

    Also a message from Carmen, a community member who also received a second dose today:

    “I just got my second vaccine in Oxnard. I just wanted to say how amazing my experience was. The Porta potty‘s outside were really clean. I had to bring my children with me as I have no child care and everyone was so nice. From the security Guards to the person giving us the shot. Everything was clean and everyone working there was warm and welcoming! Not sure who I could tell about it but I thought here would be best.”
    COVID-19 Update

    There are 44 new COVID-19 cases. There have been 5,592 new tests performed.

    There have been 3 additional deaths: 65 year old female, 76 year old female, and a 94 year old female. We extend our deepest sympathy to the families of those who have passed away.

    Doubling time is 2167.5 days.

    The current R-effective (average number of people each infected person will pass the virus onto and represents the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading) is .84 which means that spread of COVID-19 is likely decreasing; R-effective for CA is .88 right now.

    Click here for information about the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for information about the guidance for different sectors.

    The State announced updates to gatherings, receptions, conferences, and indoor live events and performances effective April 15.Learn more by clicking here.

    Vaccine eligibility is now open to everyone 16 and older. Make your appointment as they become available at myturn.ca.govor 833-422-4255.

    Do you need a 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine? Please make your appointment at https://myturn.ca.gov/. If you already received a 1st dose and did not make your appointment on My Turn you will make your 2nd dose appointment at www.vcrecovers.org or by calling 805-477-7161.
    The State has released guidance for fully vaccinated people. Allowable activities include:

    • Spending time with other fully vaccinated people, including indoors, without wearing masks or physical distancing.
    • Spending time with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
    • Refraining from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic (outside the workplace setting).

    Updates to gatherings, receptions, conferences, and indoor live events and performances are effective April 15
    California’s framework for loosening and tightening restrictions is governed by the level of COVID-19 spread

    With vaccination rates increasing and the state’s COVID-19 test positivity rate near a record low, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released updates to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework allowing additional activities to resume with modifications to reduce risk. The updates include gatherings, private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences, and indoor seated live events and performances. These updates take effect April 15. California’s framework for loosening and tightening restrictions is governed by the level of COVID-19 spread.

    “Today’s update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a result of the progress we are making both in vaccinations and in controlling the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. “By following public health guidelines such as wearing masks and getting vaccinated when eligible, we can resume additional activities as we take steps to reduce risk.”

    “As we continue to expand vaccine distribution, California is poised for a safe and equitable recovery,” said Dee Dee Myers, Senior Advisor to Governor Newsom and Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). “We will continue to work with businesses, arts organizations, community groups and others to open carefully, with health and safety top of mind, so that we never have to go backwards.”

    Updates to the Blueprint include:

    • Gatherings beginning April 15: In the Red Tier, outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed. The gathering size increases to 50 people in the Orange Tier and 100 people in the Yellow Tier. In the Purple Tier, only outdoor gatherings are allowed, and they are limited to three households. Indoor gatherings are strongly discouraged in all tiers but are allowed with modifications and capacity limits in the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers.
    • Private events or meetings such as receptions or conferences beginning April 15: In all tiers, modifications are required to reduce risk. This includes pre-purchased tickets or a defined guest list and assigned seating. 
    • In the Purple Tier, these activities are only allowed outdoors and capacity is limited to 25 people. If all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination, capacity increases to up to 100 people.
    • In the Red Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people, and capacity increases to 200 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination; capacity is limited to 100 people. 
    • In the Orange Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people, and capacity increases to 300 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 150 people.
    • In the Yellow Tier, outdoor gatherings are limited to 200 people, and capacity increases to 400 if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In this tier, indoor activities are allowed if all guests are tested or show full proof of vaccination; capacity is limited to 200 people. 
    • Indoor live events or performances beginning April 15: In the Purple Tier these activities are not allowed. In the Red, Orange and Yellow tiers these activities are allowed with capacity limits and modifications including physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors. 
    • Venues with a capacity of up to 1,500 people: In the Red Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 100 people, and capacity increases to 25% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Orange Tier, capacity is limited to 15% or 200 people, and capacity increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Yellow Tier capacity in limited to 25% or 300 people, and capacity increases to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. 
    • Venues with a capacity of 1,501 and above: In the Red Tier testing or proof of vaccination is required, and capacity is limited to 20%. In the Orange Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, and capacity increases to 35% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. In the Yellow Tier capacity is limited to 10% or 2,000 people, and capacity increases to 50% if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination. 
    California will continue to update the Blueprint periodically based on science and vaccination progress. View the updated sector chart to see which activities and businesses are allowed in each tier.
    Local public health departments may implement policies that are more restrictive than the state and should be consulted to confirm if there are any local stricter variations. 
    For more information on the state’s response to COVID-19 visit www.covid19.ca.gov
    County of Ventura to pause use of
    Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

    These reactions are extremely rare, as nearly 7,000,000 people have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the United States to date. People who received the vaccine in the last 3 weeks should look for any symptoms of these unusual clots, including severe headaches, abdominal or leg pain, and shortness of breath, and contact their medical provider if symptoms develop. People who don’t have a medical provider can either go to an Emergency Room or an Urgent Care or call 2-1-1 to connect with a healthcare provider or call 9-1-1 if emergency response is needed.

    There have been no reports of serious adverse reactions in Ventura County from COVID-19 vaccines. 13,685 Johnson & Johnson doses have been administered in Ventura County.

    Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson can be found at www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html.
    The County of Ventura is now in the State’s Orange Tier!

    All activities authorized under the State’s Orange Tier can resume:

    Amusement parks: smaller parks can open outdoors with 25% max occupancy or 500 people, whichever is fewer; there must be reservations or advanced ticket sales
    Bars (where no meal is served):open outdoors with modifications
    Cardrooms and satellite wagering:open indoors with 25% max occupancy
    Family entertainment centers:open indoors 25% max occupancy
    Fitness centers and gyms: open indoors with 25% max occupancy; indoor pools open at 25% occupancy
    Hotels and lodging: fitness centers can now open indoors with 25% max occupancy; indoor pools open at 25% occupancy
    Movie theaters:open indoors with 50% max occupancy
    Museums, zoos, and aquariums:open indoors with 50% max occupancy
    Offices: open indoors with modifications though telework is still encouraged
    Outdoor live events: open at 33% capacity
    Places of worship:open indoors with recommended 50% max occupancy
    Retail (including standalone grocers): open indoors at full capacity
    Restaurants open indoors with 50% max occupancy
    Shopping centers (including swap meets and indoor malls): open indoors at full capacity with modifications; common areas must remain closed and food courts are at reduced capacity
    Wineries, breweries and distilleries: open indoors with 25% max occupancy or 100 people, whichever is fewer
    Youth sports: competitions between two teams are allowed in certain sports according to the State’s Youth Sports Guidance
    For further information by industry sector, visit the State’s Industry Guidance website.

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